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Pacers Win, Hate for PG May Have Died Down a Bit

WIBC's John Herrick spoke to some fans going into Bankers Life to see the Pacers and the Thunder.

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indiana Pacers came from behind an 18-point deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night 108-106. The Blue and Gold were playing their former teammate Paul George, whose departure drew the anger of Pacer fans. 

But, many of them say now that they are glad he's with the Thunder because he was not doing so well with the Pacers.

"We're over it. We're over it. It is what it is, We got the best end of the trade," said one fan. 

"I like beating him. It's no big deal," said another.

"We allowed them to get some confidence. I know how it is being in this arena, how the fans can rally the team, and I thought that's what happened tonight," said George in the post-game press conference, talking about OKC's mistakes.

Wesley Matthews is credited with the shot that put the Pacers ahead in the final two seconds of the game.

"He's one of our best defenders out there, always hustling," said Damontas Sabonis of Matthews, whose defense forced George to step out of bounds in the final minute. "He wore down a lot of their All-Stars, did a great job all night, and to stick with it and come up with that play was big time."

"I couldn't be any more happy with the success that's going on here (in Indiana) with Nate keeping this team competitive with the loss of Vic (Oladipo) being hurt. I'm happy. I'm genuinely happy that the Pacers are still a force in the East and a playoff team," said George.

The Pacers open up their four-game west coast road trip with a matchup against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 16 at 9 p.m.

PHOTO: Joe Robbins/Getty Images

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